Post # 1
As I am in the beginning stages of making my pocketfold invitations, I find myself anxious about one thing: making sure they print out correctly. All of the other creative things I have worked out and know I can do them, but I have never had a good relationship with margins and format. Does anyone have any templates that they used for making a 5×7 pocketfold and the enclosures that go along with them? The actual invitation needs to be 4.25×6.25. And also, is it better to print the invitations onto 8.5×11 first and THEN cut,or is it better to cut and then print? I would prefer the former, but I’m not sure how that works. Once I am over this hump, that rest will be a breeze. This is is dumb…thanks for the help!
Post # 3
I made my pocketfolds, but I didn’t have a real template for the pocketfold itself. I can tell you that my dimensions were 7" x 15", with the flap and the pocket each being 2.5", and the other two panels being 5" wide. I cut the flaps into a point and a V, like most of the storebought pocketfolds do.
As for the inserts, definitely print and then cut. Take them to Kinko’s to cut for you, it’s a lot easier than doing them by hand, is more accurate, and only costs a little per cut. You can lay things out so you can fit several types of insert on one sheet, that’ll make it even cheaper because they charge per cut per STACK of identical pages. So you can cut 100 pieces of paper just as cheaply as 2 pieces of paper.
My inserts for my vertical 5×7" pocketfold were 4", 5", and 6" high, and each were 3.5" wide. That’s so the center card is 3.5 x 5", and will fit into a 4-bar envelope for RSVP cards.
I have a template where my invitation and all three inserts are laid out on one sheet, but it has all my graphics on it and so wouldn’t be all that much use to you… The trick is to put the invitation on one side of the vertical sheet with the smallest insert just below it. Then you can stack the 5" and 6" insert on the other side of the vertical sheet, they’ll fit perfectly. Voila, all on one page!